WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) — On Wednesday night we featured high school basketball action from Elizabethtown and Wilmington. Click full story to see the complete high school basketball scoreboard from Wednesday night’s play. Click play video to see it all in case you weren’t with us Wednesday night at 11 for sports. This includes an East Bladen team that’s making great strides under Ken Cross. We also have an Owen Spencer NFL update and a Michael Jordan NBA update below. Plus, we have the revised schedule for high school basketball games that will be played in Fayetteville this coming Saturday.
Update: We want to make a written clarification. If you watched our 11pm sports on Wednesday we said there would be two different venues for basketball in Fayetteville this weekend. As it turns out there will only be one. All of the games will be played at Fayetteville State University. (not Fayetteville State & Crown Auditorium).
Here is the FINAL schedule for the Clash at Capel at Fayetteville State on Saturday, December 18.
8:30a 71st vs. Anson County (G)
10:00a 71st vs. Anson County (B)
11:30a Hoggard vs. North Gwinnett, GA (B)
1:00p Hoggard vs. Northwood (G)
2:30p South View vs. Ashley (G)
4:00p Ashley vs. South View (B)
5:30p Northwood vs. Charlotte Christian (B)
7:00pm Kinston vs. Charlotte Christian (G)
8:30pm Millbrook vs. Whitney Young, IL (B)
10:00pm Kinston vs. Southern Wayne (B)
* Admission: $12 Adults, $10 Students
Wednesday night scoreboard
CAPE FEAR MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM BEAT WAKE TECH 88-80 IN OT
COASTAL CHRISTIAN GIRLS 39 – DIXON GIRLS 37
ALI DUNCAN LED CC WITH 19 POINTS
LANEY GIRLS 66 – NORTH BRUNSWICK GIRLS 23
CHELSEA GODETTE LED THE BUCS WITH 17 POINTS
LANEY BOYS 66 – NORTH BRUNSWICK BOYS 65
JEREMY YOUNG LED THE SCORPIONS WITH 19 POINTS
EAST BLADEN BOYS 59 – SOUTH COLUMBUS BOYS 49
EAST BLADEN IMPROVE TO 7-0 ON THE SEASON
DARON BURNEY LED THE EAGLES WITH 15 POINTS
EAST BLADEN GIRLS 32 – SOUTH COLUMBUS GIRLS 30
MAKE PLANS NOW FOR THE ANNUAL LEON BROGDEN HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT
THE TOURNAMENT TIPS OFF ON DECEMBER 26TH AT TRASK COLISEUM
WE HAVE DETAILS ON THE BROGDEN TOURNEY ON WWAYTV3.COM
FORMER NORTH BRUNSWICK SCORPION OWEN SPENCER IS BACK IN THE NFL
SPENCER SIGNED WITH THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS AS A PRACTICE SQUAD PLAYER
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Michael Jordan didn’t exactly shed any
tears when the proposed trade of Chris Paul to the Los Angeles
Lakers was nixed.
The Bobcats owner likes the idea of competitive balance in the
And while Jordan never expressed his opinion to NBA Commissioner
David Stern on the trade, he said Wednesday that such moves simply
don’t help smaller market teams.
“As a small market (owner) I’m very supportive of being able to
keep your star player,” Jordan said in an afternoon press
conference prior to Paul being reportedly dealt to the Clippers.
“That whole market is determined by that one individual. You want
to make it very difficult for that guy to leave. Not that he can’t
leave, but to understand the circumstances if he does leave.
“I can’t imagine if I’m in the Hornets scenario that I would
want Chris Paul to leave. You want to keep your star.”
That said, Jordan would like to land a headline player – someone
“I would definitely go after a guy like that,” Jordan said of
the Hornets star guard. “Obviously we have the cap space next year
to do so. I would do everything I can get to try to get a player
Jordan said he wants every team in the league to have a chance
to win the NBA championship including the Bobcats, who haven’t won
a playoff game since coming into the league in 2004.
He believes the new collective bargaining agreement is far from
perfect saying “it’s not ultimately where we want to be,” but
believes it’s a big step toward creating parity in the league –
something he fought hard to attain during negotiations.
Jordan, who as a player once told then-Washington Wizards owner
Abe Pollin during the 1998 labor negotiations that if he couldn’t
make a profit he should sell the team, aggravated some current
players when he took a hardline stance on revenue sharing during
Jordan’s stance prompted many players to react negatively with
Washington guard Nick Young saying on Twitter he wouldn’t wear Air
Jordans anymore and Golden State wing Klay Thompson going as far as
to call him a hypocrite.
On Wednesday, Jordan smiled and laughed before responding to
questions about how some perceive him as a “hardline owner.”
He said things aren’t the same as they were in 1998.
“We have gone through some difficult (financial) situations and
we have 22 teams losing money – so obviously the model is not
correct,” Jordan said. “I understood what some of the players
said in terms of what they thought I should be doing. But my
dedication was to the community and to this team.
“I would have been more hypocritical if I’m sitting here
supporting the players. Ultimately when these kids grow up and
hopefully can get to my side of the table they will understand what
my stance was.”
Jordan said he believes the new CBA will help level the playing
field for small market teams over time because of increased luxury
tax implications for big-market teams that continuously go over the
salary cap to sign free agents.
He also likes the revenue sharing aspect of the new CBA, saying
it too will help the smaller markets succeed.
It all comes at a good time for the Bobcats.
Now in Jordan’s fourth year as owner, the Bobcats are
essentially starting over.
Marred in what he felt like an endless cycle of mediocrity –
battling for the final spot in the playoffs every season – the
Bobcats decided to trade away their two best players last year in
Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson and began to build with an eye
toward the future.
They’re banking on lottery picks Kemba Walker and Bismack
Biyombo being cornerstones of the franchise.
And they’re expected to be very active next summer in free
They currently have in excess of $20 million available under the
2012-13 NBA salary cap.
“We were vying for that eighth and ninth spot and we looked at
that and said, `How can we get to be one of those one, two, three
or four teams?”‘ Jordan said. “To do that you have to grab assets
and that’s what we did. We had to create flexibility.”
Jordan said the Bobcats don’t have much room to maneuver under
this year’s cap, but that will change next year.
“Our flexibility next year is going to be pretty good,” Jordan
said. “It puts us in a very good place.”
Jordan doesn’t believe his stance in labor negotiations will
keep free agents from signing in Charlotte.
However, on paper, the Bobcats don’t look like a very talented
team. And that could be a deterrent.
Coach Paul Silas knows that, but he’s not concerned about it.
Silas has a knack for getting the most out of players. Last year
he helped jumpstart Kwame Brown’s career and instilled a needed
measure of confidence in point guard D.J. Augustin following the
departure of former Bobcats coach Larry Brown.
“The attitude of the team is just tremendous,” Silas said.
“Guys are working hard and there is no nonsense going on. Every
time we’re out here, we’re working hard and that says a lot. It
will give us a chance.
“Talent-wise it’s going to be difficult. But I want them to
understand that winning is hard and you have to come with it every
night. Come with it.”
Guard Gerald Henderson said he thinks the Bobcats can become a
perennial playoff team, but added “it won’t happen overnight.”
“We have some good talent and we’re looking to rebuild,”
Henderson said. “We did lose two of our best players last year so
that makes more opportunity for guys this year. We feel like we
have enough talent to compete in this league… Our goal this year
is to make the playoffs. We feel like we can do it.
“Sure, everybody is counting us out, but it’s all on us. We
have to come together as a team and focus on that.”
Henderson said he tries not to listen to the naysayers in the
Charlotte community who argue the Bobcats will struggle while in
rebuilding mode and be irrelevant.
He believes that’s a defeatist attitude.
“People know the really good teams in the league and people
know some of the other teams,” he said. “Where we fit in between
there is up for interpretation. But the numbers at the end will
determine that. We just have to win as many games as we can.”
Just because the Bobcats are young – and not particularly tall
by NBA standards after losing Brown to the Golden State Warriors
this week – doesn’t mean Jordan is writing off this season.
He thinks the Bobcats will win more games than a lot of people
“I think this is not a wasted season because who knows how good
we can be?” Jordan said. “We’ve got some good pieces that can
help us get to the playoffs. I’m not waiting until next year. I
think we have a good quality basketball team this year.”
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